Saturday, March 24, 2012
Boston: The Pourhouse
907 Boylston Street
It’s a beautiful day in Boston. We stop into The Pourhouse on Boylston (or McPourhouse for St. Patrick’s week) for a mid-afternoon beer. This place reeks of dive-bar. I love it. The walls are lined in brick, there are neon-lit lampshades over each booth, a Harley Davidson mounted atop the bar, tattooed wait staff, and matchbooks plastered in the countertops at the bar. We order a beer from the extensive draught selection and it’s served in quite a large glass. We make note of the music, they play everything from Bush to Paramore to Dropkick Murphys. I notice a sign for a tiki bar and I get giddy. Our bartender explains that they host “Caribbean Club Nights” sponsored by Malibu on Thursday nights. She says that they give away a Caribbean vacation each week to the winner of certain challenges such as wrapping someone completely in industrial sized toilet paper until there is none left. She, in particular, completed the challenge of chugging a pint of maple syrup once upon a time, but someone else was faster so she lost. She puked it up after, of course, and assured us that the challenges since then are toned down.
When we ask about other bars to stop in around the area, she suggests the bar next door, McGreevy’s, owned by the Dropkick Murphys themselves. They are in town for St. Patricks Day and make random appearances at their bar. After we leave The Pourhouse, we stop in McGreevy’s for a drink. Although they had $1 sliders for happy hour, I couldn’t help but think what a better bar The Pourhouse is. The staff was super friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was fun, and how could I ever forget the TIKI BAR! I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know one thing. I will be back to The Pourhouse on a Thursday night for some Caribbean Club Nights.